‘This is why AL MVP’ defensive presence, Ohtani’s ‘home run probability’ blocked 92.3%
Aaron Judge (31, New York Yankees) performed a hobo that stopped ‘MVP rival’ Ohtani Shohei (29, LA Angels).
Judge started as center fielder twice in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) home game against the Los Angeles Angels held at Yankee Stadium in New York on the 20th (Korean time).
Judge and Ohtani competed for the American League (AL) MVP last season. Judge hit 62 home runs, breaking the AL record for most in a single season in 61 years. Ohtani played an active part in the two-way style, winning 15 games as a pitcher and hitting 34 home runs as a hitter. In the end, Judge overtook Ohtani and was named MVP.
And the two players faced each other this season from the 19th. The first round was Ohtani’s decision victory. On the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s first home run at Yankee Stadium, Ohtani contributed to the team’s 5-2 victory by hitting a two-run homer in the top of the first inning right in front of Judge. On the other hand, Judge was silent with no hits in 3 at-bats.
However, a day later, it has changed 180 degrees. This time, Jersey was active.
Jersey started with lake rain. In the top of the first inning, Ohtani hit a home run against Yankees starter Britto. However, Judge jumped in front of the fence, blocked it with his glove, and caught the falling ball with his right hand.
According to Statcast, Ohtani hit balls similar to this at-bat (batting speed 180.2 km/h, launch angle 33 degrees) 13 times this season, and 12 of them led to home runs. The home run probability was 92.3%.
For Ohtani, a home run was stolen. Ohtani, who had been running to second base, stopped walking and slowly entered the dugout.
After the lake, there was one room. Judge pulled a 94.7 mile (approximately 152 km) four-seam fastball in the 6th pitch after a full count match with Angels starter Griffin Canning at first base without an out in the first inning and exploded a two-run four over the left wall. Season 6 issue.
On this day,메이저놀이터 Judge finished the game with 1 hit in 3 at-bats (1 home run), 2 walks and 2 RBIs, and Ohtani finished the game with 4 at-bats, no hits and 1 walk. With Judge’s performance, the Yankees avenged the previous day’s loss.
After the game, Judge reflected, “If I was a good outfielder, I would have got it right on the first try. It was hard to get the timing right. I tried to scrape it and get it on the ground. I thought the glove was enough.”